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Probably not, but the side effects of the second dose of the shingles vaccine have been worse than the first dose side effects. Significant headache, muscle aches (especially the neck), fatigue, and I felt like I had a slight fever. Laid around all day waiting for the side effects to end.

If I was still working, I would have taken a sick day. 😦

Not really, but…

Several years ago, I had shingles. I haven’t had them since, but my wife wanted to get vaccinated and the latest vaccine has statistically high effectiveness. It is also a two-part vaccine.

We got the first shot in January and we suffered through some side effects. Got our second shot today and by the evening I was already not feeling great. Not a good sign.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

I am now at

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Miscellaneous

My very irregular blog, Cleave’s Blant, is now at Maybe the switch to WordPress will hopefully make it more regular. I definitely like the control of the look and feel better than at Blogger. Not that Blogger was horrible, it’s pretty good, it’s just that I like what I see at WordPress better. I’ll have an extensive post on CicLAvia 2010 up on the blog soon.

Thanks for reading.

9/11 Revisited

Posted: September 13, 2008 in Miscellaneous

Just thought that I’d link back to my post from the days after 9/11. Note that there is also a link in that post to an article that I posted to our web site.


Boston Finally!

Posted: April 30, 2008 in Miscellaneous

I grew up on Long Island and went to college in upstate New York, but somehow, I never visited the “fair city” of Boston. Well that all changed when I got to attend the Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI) Annual Conference last week.

I had the opportunity to walk a good chunk of the Freedom Trail with a colleague and I took a number of photos (some of which may appear in an upcoming Photoblog post). The skyline and architecture of the city is impressive and the food — especially the stuffed lobster — was good.

The most amazing part of my trip was running into my oldest friend who is a pilot for American Airlines. I was unexpectedly on a flight from St. Louis to Boston as my Dallas to Boston flight got canceled. We were on an MD-80 and since I know that my friend flies that aircraft type, I generally peek in the cockpit to see if he is in there. Well getting on to the plane I wasn’t paying attention and forgot to look inside the cockpit. However, when I was deplaning I looked inside and guess what? Yes, Harris was the 1st Officer (right-hand seat).

So I ended up chatting with him coming off the airplane and we had dinner one night. I told him which flight I was taking out of Boston and he said that he would try to get that flight. Sure enough he was there. I got to watch him do some of his pre-flight stuff before I took my seat. It was all very cool. Between a good conference, a fun, first visit to Boston, and getting to fly with my friend as one of the pilots, this was one of the best and most memorable business trips that I have taken.

Catching Up

Posted: April 8, 2008 in Miscellaneous

Obviously I have not been a prolific blogger. As one of my self improvement projects, I have decided to spend 15 minutes per day (either during lunch at work or at night at home) writing something for this blog.

So with 15 minutes per day, six or seven days a week, my goal is to have three posts per week. I will try to have these post rotate through three topics, bicycling, Lean, and photography. Of course, I will reserve the right to have other topics that are topical or strike my fancy.

Part of why I haven’t been posting to this blog is because I have been posting to or lurking at several forums. But as has happened in the past with my forum experiences, things start to get stale for several reasons: repeating topics, member familiarity breeding contempt, too many “personal” problems, etc.

I also have seen that forums seem to follow this kind of anthropological evolution:

Tribe => Village => Town => City => Urban Blight

When a forum hits the Urban Blight phase, you start to see posts whose subject is essentially, “I’m Leaving.” If enough of the original members leave, the forum sometimes reverts back to the village or town phase where the cycle starts again.

So, as Urban Blight has started to creep in to yet another forum that I used to enjoy immensely, I will re-allocate some of my energies back to my blog. Oh, and I won’t create an “I’m Leaving” post on any of those forums. I’m not quite that dramatic.

Well, for some reason this took me by surprise. I am interested because I am a fan of both, but that’s as far as it goes — interested. However, there is some pretty harsh stuff on the web, here and here.

Anyway, I hope that their futures apart from each other go well.